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‘I could hear cracking’: Tourist bitten by elephant in terrifying ordeal on Bali holiday


A woman is recovering after she was bitten by an elephant on a trip to Bali.

The tropical holiday was a dream for US globetrotters Beth and Les Bogar from West Chesterfield, New Hampshire until it came to a screeching halt.

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“I couldn’t get my arm out. I could just hear cracking, and I started to panic,” Bogar said.

The situation started with an up-close photo opportunity with wildlife at the Mason Elephant Park and Lodge last week.

Beth Bogar said an elephant bit her during the photo session, leaving her arm trapped under the strength of the animal’s mouth.

“It was like a suction, pushed into his mouth,” Bogar said.

Beth Bogar explains the moment she felt her arm pulled into the elephant’s mouth and began to hear it cracking. Credit: Beth Bogar/WMUR/CNN

The photos were being taken by the elephant’s trainer, who she says was instructing her on how to pose with the massive animal.

“I just feel as though he was guiding me, and he let my arm get too close to the animal’s mouth and I didn’t know how close I was,” Bogar said.

She was rushed to a hospital over an hour away, where she had emergency surgery.

“This is my incision. The doctor was able to go in. There are plates, there are screws, and everything is put back together. But it’s going to be a long road,” Bogar said.

Beth Bogar was left with $US10,000 medical bills after the incident, with the resort offering to pay half. Credit: Beth Bogar/WMUR/CNN

The resort has paid $US4,800 ($A7162) so far to help cover Bogar’s medical bills.

“They were assuring us for a while, saying, ‘Don’t worry, we have insurance, we can handle this situation. We’ll get you taken care of’,” Les Bogar said.

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Source: 7News